Task 2 model response to a General question seen in Australia, June 2011

(This question taken from www.ielts-blog.com.)

In the past, people wore traditional clothes, spoke languages and practiced activities as dictated by their regional culture.  These days, the world’s cultures resemble one another quite closely.  Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

Globalization has brought with it both positive and negative developments.  On the positive side, it has encouraged the world’s people to grow closer together through common culture and language.  On the negative side, it has caused the customs of certain people to become forgotten.  Despite this, it is argued the merging of the world’s lifestyles is a beneficial trend.  This will be proven by analyzing how common ideology and culture help to reduce both incidences of war and hate crime.

Firstly, countries that share common attributes tend to be less likely to engage in war with one another.  Europe acts as a good example here.  Only one hundred years ago, many European countries warred with each other over ideological differences.  Today, after major movements towards cultural, economical and linguistic unity, these same countries are proud to be united under a single heading, the European Union.  The now peaceful temperament of Europe acts as good evidence to the benefits that come through the blending of ideologies and cultures.

Secondly, the merging of global lifestyles poses a negative correlation to the incidences of hate crimes, and this is a very positive thing.  For example, membership to organized hate groups, such as the Klu Klux Klan, has fallen drastically over the last century in North America.  This drops occurs simultaneously with the immigration rises that occurred during the same period.  Thus, it can be concluded that the mixing of cultures directly reduces hate crime.

After analyzing the manner in which globalization minimizes both the chances of war and crimes motivated by hate, it is concluded that this is a trend that brings positive results to the world.  It is hoped the mixing of cultures increases globally into the foreseeable future.

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4 Responses to Task 2 model response to a General question seen in Australia, June 2011

  1. Anonymous says:

    very nice writing

  2. Chao says:

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  3. lydia says:

    Hi Ryan,

    so I took the IELTS exam (general training) on 25 June and would like to let you know what topics I had in that exam.

    —-The first essay topic—–
    you have moved to another city to study a short course at a college and you would like to recommend this course to a friend of yours,
    write a letter to your friend, in your letter,

    1. tell your friend where do you live now
    2. tell your friend what do you like about this course
    3. explain why would you like to recommend this course to her

    —-The second essay topic—-
    Nowadays many historical places are being damaged or destroyed.

    ● what are the main dangers to historical buildings?
    ● what can be done to protect historical buildings?

    I wrote the second essay first and because i am not used to write with my hands anymore that I didn’t really have enough time to finish my letter the way I planned:(
    anyhow, i hope you will find this information useful.



  4. lydia says:


    To refer to my previous post, ( Permalink http://ieltsielts.com/task-2-model-response-to-a-general-question-seen-in-australia-june-2011/#comment-1466 ) I made a mistake typing in the test date.it was on 7 July not 25 June.


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